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CLOUDY DAYS FOR THE CREATIVE THINKER

Isn't it so very hard to focus, when you are lost in the clouds...? This happens more often than not to the creative thinker.So many thoughts all at once, leaves a blanket of white cast over our minds.

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CLOUDY DAYS FOR THE CREATIVE THINKER

AN HERBED HEIRLOOM TOMATO + STONEFRUIT GALETTE W/ HOMEMADE RICOTTA

When I look at this slab of baked heirloom tomatoes and stonefruit the words "Spring is Coming"  quickly rings silently in my mind. Yes, we still may have roughly six weeks til that day, but in Los Angeles the warm days and blooming trees say otherwise.

AN HERBED HEIRLOOM TOMATO + STONEFRUIT GALETTE W/ HOMEMADE RICOTTA

AN ALL HALLOWS EVE DINNER W/ BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND THYME SOUP WITH MASA DUMPLINGS

A little witch once told me that to brew the perfect potion, one must have all the finest ingredients. Advice that truly goes for almost anything in life. To create the perfect meal, the perfect atmosphere.. the perfect moment in time... you must piece it together with simply the best.

AN ALL HALLOWS EVE DINNER W/ BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND THYME SOUP WITH MASA DUMPLINGS
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JOSHUA TREE TIME MACHINE PART ONE : DESERT YELLOW DINNER

Welcome to an eternal child get-a-way - a desert time machine -tiki dinner and weekend in joshua tree. 

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JOSHUA TREE TIME MACHINE PART ONE : DESERT YELLOW DINNER
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MAKING A MAGAZINE : BEHIND THE SCENES OF MAKING ISSUE I

Making a magazine was an unknown world to me. I had never even opened indesign before starting this issue - let alone laid out a full magazine from start to finish.  So you can imagine that this first issue was filled with 'firsts'.  While I wish I could say it was a piece of cake - even tho many pieces of cake were eaten in the making of this magazine--  It was one of the hardest things I have created yet to date.

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MAKING A MAGAZINE : BEHIND THE SCENES OF MAKING ISSUE I

Rose + Strawberry Sangria

What is better in summer than Sangria? I'm always looking for ways to mix it up and create new inventive drinks.  Sangria being one of my classic - easy , go -to drinks, I tend to make it often.  Especially when a group is involved.  This time, I wanted to combine sangria, with two of my favorite components-- strawberry and rose. If you have been following us, you know that whenever there is an opportunity to use rose, I usually will take it and this is one of those moments.  

Rose + Strawberry Sangria

LEMONGRASS LEMONADE

Lemonade is kinda one of the best - refreshing drinks, ever created.  There is literally an endless array of options when it comes to spicing it up as well, and this time -- lemongrass was the obvious choice. It's super simple and add's a bit of a kick to the already delicious drink.  If you choose to squeeze your own, or buy a freshly squeezed carton- there is no way to go wrong. Make sure to decorate it and use some extra fresh lemongrass as stirs! 

LEMONGRASS LEMONADE